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Beware of "Microsoft Outlook Your Mail has Just Been Temporarily Blocked" Phishing Scam

2017-09-06T11:21:01 -  +
Beware of "Microsoft Outlook Your Mail has Just Been Temporarily Blocked" Phishing Scam

The email message below which claims the recipients' email accounts have been temporarily blocked for security reasons, is a phishing scam sent by cyber criminals, and not by Microsoft. The fake email message was created by cyber criminals to frighten and trick the recipients into clicking on the link within it. The link goes to a phishing website or a fake website looking like Microsoft’s website, created by the cybercriminals to trick potential victims into entering their Microsoft account usernames and passwords on it, by asking them to sign in. But, any attempts to sign into the fake website, will result in the victims’ Microsoft account usernames and passwords being sent to cyber criminals.

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Once cybercriminals have gotten their potential victims’ account credentials (usernames and passwords), they will use it to hijack their Microsoft accounts and use them fraudulently. Therefore, recipients of the phishing email message (see below) who were tricked into clicking on the link within it and have attempted to sign into the phishing or fake website that they were taken, are asked to change their Microsoft account passwords immediately, before they are hijacked and used fraudulently by cyber criminals.

The "Microsoft Outlook Your Mail has Just Been Temporarily Blocked" Phishing Scam

Microsoft Outlook

Wed 9/6/2017, 8:02 AM

To: verify-outlook;

Dear Subscriber,

Your mail has just been temporarily blocked for security reasons. To continue using our services, click on: Login

Regards,

The Outlook.com Team

Unblock and Recover a blocked or suspended account.

Microsoft users should never click on a link to sign into their accounts, they should instead, go directly to https://account.microsoft.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something that needs to be done to their accounts, they will be notified. This is will prevent Microsoft users from visiting phishing websites disguised as legitimate Microsoft website that steals account credentials.

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